Bonnier Books UK’s Angie Willocks and Nico Poilblanc are following James Horobin to Welbeck as sales directors.
Willocks will become international sales director and Poilblanc takes up the role of UK sales director at the end of March. Both will report to Horobin, who left Bonnier himself last year to join his old boss Mark Smith at Welbeck.
Currently international sales director at Bonnier, Willocks will be directly responsible for building trade business with partners in the major territories, excluding the US and Canada, alongside managing and working with Saltway Global in the open markets.
She said: "Having the chance to join Welbeck Publishing as they shift gears under Mark and Marcus was too exciting to turn down. Being part of the team that will energise both the new and existing publishing programmes around the world is such a thrilling prospect and I look forward to working with James again. I had a great time at Bonnier Books UK. They gave me the opportunity to spread my international wings and I'm grateful to have been part of the team that built an amazing list."
Poilblanc, Bonnier’s head of UK sales, has helped build his current firm’s fiction success and has “great instincts” in building commercial brands, Welbeck said.
He said: "I simply couldn’t refuse the opportunity to join Welbeck at such an exciting moment in the evolution of the group under Mark and Marcus’s leadership. I am looking forward to working with James again and being part of a team bringing a focussed commercial list to readers throughout the UK and Ireland. I am hugely grateful to Bonnier Books UK and very proud to have been part of their fantastic team over the past four and a half years."
Horobin added: “I have worked with Angie and Nico at both Simon & Schuster and Bonnier Books UK. They are experts in their respective sales areas and a delight to work with. Their track record speaks for itself. As part of a small dynamic team, they understand how to build a business and thrive in an atmosphere where they have to be both strategic and hands on."